Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Post-Cyclone Blues; as Debbie Softens and Swings South, Mackay Will Rise to Assess the Damage

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Post-Cyclone Blues; as Debbie Softens and Swings South, Mackay Will Rise to Assess the Damage

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Numbers you need to know

Mackay Regional Council1300 MACKAY (622 529)

Disaster Co-ordination Centre (when activated)4951 2466

EMERGENCY - police / fire / ambulance000

Emergency Plus (Free) AppEmergency+ App

EMERGENCY - Life Threatening Emergency131 670 or 000

(Ergon Energy) Faults only132 296

Power Outage Finder ergon.com.au & Outage Finder App

Bureau of Meteorology bom.gov.au

State Emergency Service (SES)132 500

ses.qld.gov.au & SES Assistance App

Mackay Police Station4968 3444

Policelink (for ALL Non-Urgent Police Reporting)131 444

Queensland Ambulance Service131 233

Disaster Management4965 6651

www.emergency.qld.gov.au

Road closures131 940, www.131940.qld.gov.au

Get Ready Queensland website getready.qld.gov.au

Red Cross Register: www.register.redcross.org.au

AS MACKAY rises this morning, the true damage of Tropical Cyclone Debbie will be revealed.

Over the past three days, people have prepared for the worst and hoped for the best as the category four cyclone made its way over the Queensland coast.

Many schools around the region will remain closed today "in the interests of public safety".

"Schools in coastal and immediate inland areas from Giru in the north to St Lawrence in the south and inland to Charters Towers will remain closed until we are sure the situation is safe," said a spokesperson for the Department of Education and Training.

While, independent Catholic schools also made the decision to cancel classes early in the day.

Director of Catholic Education, Ms Leesa Jeffcoat said, "Catholic Education will continue to monitor weather forecasts from the Bureau of Meteorology and advice from Queensland Disaster Management in relation to schools being closed for longer than Wednesday, March 29," she said.

Shops around the region will begin undergoing safety checks prior to reopening. A Woolworths spokesperson confirmed stores around the region will open today, provided it is safe to do so.

They said once maintenance teams have verified the safety of the stores in Mackay, they will begin preparation to reopen later in the day. …

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